Life stories of musicians are always a subject of fascination. For many fans, their life is all about sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll. However, there is much more to dig into, because some musicians are cryptically mysterious and recluse and their nature does reflect in their actions, their methods, and the kind of songs they write. It gets so intriguing that fans come up with their own theories and perspectives on the lives of these mysterious musicians. Here’s the list of 10 most mysterious musicians of all time –
1. Bob Dylan –
This mysterious musician has touched upon many themes in his musical career. His songs often weave stories of existentialism and mysteries of life. There are also allusions towards political scenarios in his songs, and when asked by media, he arrogantly remarks that it’s futile to discuss it. The personality of Bob Dylan is a blend of an iconoclastic and rebellious Robin Hood and a reclusive rock-star, who prefers to stay away from the spotlight. Moreover, the songs he has written depict an inscrutable ambiguity. Such paradoxical aspects of his personality make him to this list of most mysterious musicians of all time.
2. Axl Rose –
Axl Rose from Guns N’ Roses may seem arrogant, aggressive and weird on the surface, but his mood swings have roots in his poignant childhood, in which his father used to molest and abuse him. He found peace in music, but his personality started depicting symptoms of psychosis from a very early age and it’s quite evident in tantrums he often throws at concerts and in media. In pop culture, the negative side of this mysterious musician is infamous, but the mystery behind his nature is an unknown story. Moreover, his reclusive behavior more often that not overshadows his flamboyance as a frontman. This makes him one of the most mysterious musicians of all time.
3. Richey Edwards –
He was the guitarist of the rock band, Manic Street Preachers. When he was supposed to travel to U.S.A with a fellow band member, he suddenly changed his plan and went to his home instead. After being at home for two weeks, he went missing on 1st February, 1995, when he was 27 years of age, making his way to ‘The 27 Club’. His sudden disappearance had gathered a lot of attention from media and there are many theories on it. Despite numerous appeals in media, there is no trace of Richey, which makes him one of the most mysterious musicians of all time. There is also a documentary named ‘Richey Edwards – No Thoughts to Forget’, which is based on his life.
4. Niccolo Paganini –
Paganinni was one of the first rock stars in the world of music. Niccolo had his first mental breakdown at the age of 15. He was a drinker, gambler, and womanizer. He could play 12 notes per second with precision, which made people doubt that he has compromised with the devil and also suspected that he is devil’s son on the bases of his appearance. There is another arcane rumor about him that he had murdered a woman, and had trapped his soul in his violin and used her guts as strings. He turned into a priest before he died and his dead body was not buried in consecrated ground. It sounds unbelievable that Niccolo lived in 16th century and depicted traits of modern rock stars. Perhaps, debauchery in the world of music is an old phenomenon.
5. Syd Barrett –
Roger Keith ‘Syd’ Barrett was one of the founding members of Pink Floyd, but he stayed in the band only for two years. He was addicted to drugs and had developed disorders like schizophrenia and hallucinations. Before a state show, Barrett had tried to style his hair with gel cream. Apparently, the lights had some chemical reaction with the cream, leaving his face melted. Barrett was very erratic on and off-stage both. His behavioral and anger issues were more than dangerous, as he had reportedly kept his girlfriend in ‘lock and key’ for 3 days, occasionally sliding ration of biscuits under the door. Syd Barrett continued his musical career, but he remained one of the most mysterious musicians of all time.
6. Ghost –
The Swedish rock band Ghost has the most mysterious musicians of all time in it. Their Satanic outfit and with faces shrouded with devilish masks and their songs with blasphemous lyrics like, “Lucifer, we are here for you Praise”, and “Rise Up from Hell” are collectively evident of their sacrilegious viewpoint. However, this may sound just like another atheism oriented band, the biggest mystery about the band is that they have remained anonymous. They are known as nameless ghouls with the front man who wears an outfit of an antipope.
7. Giuseppe Tartini –
Giuseppe Tartini is a violinist who was the owner of one of the most famous Stradivariuses. What makes him one of the most mysterious musicians of all time is the fact that, he apparently met a devil in his dreams and that devil taught him a piece of violin and Tartini tried to remember it and write it down after he woke up. Giuseppe’s ‘The Violin Sonata’, also known as “The Devil’s Sonata” became his most famous work, and it is so difficult that there were speculations that Tartini has one extra invisible finger to have been able to play that difficult music piece. It’s also rumored that anybody who can play the complete piece would lose his or her soul to the devil.
8. Robert Johnson –
Robert Johnson is also a part of ‘The 27 Club’. The musician died after being poisoned in 1938. The mystery behind Robert Johnson is that he always wanted to play the guitar but wasn’t good at it. However, one night he went away and came back all changed. He apparently acquired his guitar skills overnight. When people asked him, he said, “I met the Devil at a crossroad.” The devil had bestowed him with the guitar talent he always desired. Robert went on to write an ode to the devil in the song “Me & the Devil”, which is based on that event.
9. Freddie Mercury –
Freddie Mercury, the former lead vocalist of British rock band, Queen, is one of the most flamboyant frontmen in rock music. However, he was a very private and shy person off-stage, as much as he seemed outgoing while performing. It was his sexual orientation that was mysterious and many journalists had made allusions to the fact that he was gay, after analyzing his lifestyle. However, Freddie vehemently answered saying, ‘I am what I am. So, what?’ In a way, that is itself a statement, but he never openly accepted it. He is now famous amongst his fans as LGBT idol. His extrovert stage presence and introvert personality make him to this list of most mysterious musicians of all time. We hope to know more about him in his biopic named ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ which is releasing on November 2, 2018.
10. David Bowie –
David Bowie had an alienesque look and his compositions are strange and idiosyncratic. There are speculations about his last album Blackstar and the song “Lazarus” that had subtle messages of him coming back from the dead. In his childhood, he was interested in Kaballah and was obsessed with protective pentagrams. He was also interested in Aleister Crowley and even refers to him in his song, ‘Quicksand’. There is a lot of Satanic and religious symbolism in his music videos. Moreover, the apparent rumor that he faked his own death makes him one of the most mysterious musicians of all time.
The world of rock music is full of such mysterious musicians. Apart from these, there are some more musicians like Jimmy Page, Frank Zappa, Elliot Smith, the rock band GOAT, and Tupac to name a few, who are only as mysterious as the aforementioned ones.